LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn participated in a graduation ceremony for last summer’s Henry Toll Fellowship Program at The Council of State Governments (CSG) annual conference at the end of December.
“Participating in the Henry Toll Fellowship Program was quite a humbling experience,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where I learned so much and was introduced to legislative leaders across the nation.”
The Toll Fellowship Program is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government are chosen to travel to Lexington, Kentucky for a six-day “leadership boot camp.”
The program’s sessions are designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, with a focus on leadership skills and how personal traits can be used toward being an effective legislator. Sessions also include media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry and adaptive leadership.
The list of Toll Fellows alumni is long and distinguished; and Horn says he considers it to be quite an honor to be included. Fellowship alumni include numerous governors, secretaries of state, chief justices and members of Congress.
During the conference, Horn was also formally installed as the new second vice chair of CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC). MLC is a nonpartisan association of state and provincial legislators that fosters regional cooperation, information sharing and leadership development.
Horn is expected to serve as the MLC’s second vice chair throughout 2018 and is in line to serve as MLC chair in 2020, when the group will hold its annual meeting in Detroit. In addition, Horn currently serves as co-chair of the MLC’s Economic Development Committee and is a graduate of the group’s Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.
“Senator Horn’s legislative experience and commitment to public service will make him an outstanding leader of the Midwestern Legislative Conference,” said Mike McCabe, director of the Midwestern Office of CSG, which provides staff support to the MLC. “We look forward to working more closely with him as he helps to guide our organization’s efforts on behalf of lawmakers across the Midwest.”
All legislators from the following states are members of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition, legislators representing four Canadian provinces — Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan — also participate as affiliate members of the MLC.
“It is certainly an honor to have been selected to two things so exclusive,” Horn said. “I have long-awaited the formal graduation ceremony and installment as MLC’s second vice chair. In a state with strict term limits, legislative experience is sometimes hard to come by. I look forward to utilizing what I’ve learned and the relationships I’ve built to better serve the people of my district and Michigan as a whole.”